Arrival to Paro, drive to Thimphu and back to Paro
Morning arrival by plane to Paro airport. ➜ Drive to Thimphu with stop at Tachog lhakhang to see traditional bridge made using ancient iron chains. ➜ After reaching capital, drive to the gigantic Buddha Dordenma statue overlooking Thimphu town. ➜ Then drop to Changlimithang stadium to see the archery, traditional sport of Bhutan. Matches are going on from the morning to the evening! ➜ Continue to central Clock Tower square and walk in Norzin lam street and see the traffic police signaling in junctions. Thimphu is only capital in the world without the traffic lights. ➜ Finish walk at handicraft market where many interesting Bhutanese souvenirs can be seen and bought for reasonable price. ➜ Late afternoon visit to monumental Tashichho dzong castle, the seat of the king and government. ➜ Evening drive back to Paro. ➜ Day's program is subject of arrival time.
Hike to Taktsang gomba (The Tiger’s Nest) is the absolute highlight of the tour! While the climb seems to be hard, it’s very rewarding. If you don’t feel so strong, you can cut it short in cafeteria with nice view of the temple. ➜ If you have spare strength, you might hike up to Zangtopelri Lhakhang to get birds-eye view of Tiger's Nest! You can consider hiking in the morning or early afternoon depending on weather, your fitness, and preferences. ➜ Also visit of the National Museum in Ta dzong, the watchtower protecting the Paro castle from intruders. ➜ Then drive down to Paro town and marvel over the old traditional bridge below the Paro Dzong. Here, you will have opportunity to try Bhutanese dress and take a beautiful photo with castle in the background! ➜ Continue to Paro airport viewpoint. Depending on schedule, you might see planes landing and taking off. Runway in Paro is famed as one of the most demanding of all Wold's International airports. ➜ Time permitting, visit Bondey's village Zangtopelri lhakhang, fabulous new temple with splendid decorations or Dzongdrakha lhakhang, the ancient temple perched on the rock cliffs, which is often compared to Tiger's Nest in its beauty and seldom visited by other tourists. ➜ Enjoy the last evening in Bhutan! ➜ Optionally the mask dance performance along with traditional dinner in the local farmhouse can be arranged.
If time permits, you can drive to Drukyel dzong to see a freshly reconstructed castle and the summit of holy Jomolhari mountain in clear weather. ➜ After that, you depart from Paro by flight or take ~5 hours drive to land border in Phuntsholing.
Tour variants, extensions and combinations:
- Trekking: This tour can be easily combined with any trek, including Jomolhari Yaksa Trek (6 days) or Druk Path Trek (5 days). Please inquire for more informations.
- India extension: There is possibility to extend the tour to India via land border in Phuntsholing/Jaigon. Just 1 hour drive from there is Jaldhapara National Park with excellent elephant safari. In 5 hours drive you can reach Darjeeling, the mecca of every tea lover, and 2 more hours will take to reach Gangtok, capital of Sikkim. We will be happy to help with travel arrangements in India too!